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Interesting Read

One of the naysaying arguments we’ve heard of late is that health care in the UK is terrible compared to Canada (then there is us who have not had a family doctor going on five years now…)

I have some evidence to the contrary, besides the “anecdotal” evidence of so many people telling us differently. Click the image below to get the whole article.  It is comforting to me to know that in the UK we WILL have a family doctor… IMAGINE!!!

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This was put together to determine the quality & cost of the US health system, so there was no prejudice towards the UK or any other European country… it just reflects the facts.  Now, there is the 10th ranking in the “Health Outcomes” sections, and I’m not entirely sure how that fits with the rest of the numbers, but it *might* (now I”m not sure, remember) be because there is a more again population overseas, or a mindset against medical assistance?  Maybe all those war babies growin’ up with the idea of keep calm and carry on? I know that there is a good push here in North America to take the meds you are prescribed (like insulin or HBP pills), so maybe that’s the difference? I have no idea, since we don’t live there yet.

Maybe it’s the steak and kidney pie? *ducking before Hunny smacks me LOL!*

Nah.. must be the fish’n’chips’n’mushy peas….

All I know is, it can’t be the tea. LOL!

In any case, it still leaves them in first place, so that’s still something.  I can’t wait to have my very own doctor to bring the Littles to when they need a check-up… they haven’t had one of those in over 5 years!  I think they’re still operational, but they could probably do with a tune-up. 😉

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Yay – A Matched Set At Last!

Sorry for the radio silence… We’ve moved to our temporary lodgings, a beautiful waterfront cottage.  But the downside is we have no internet connection.  So things on the WWW are moving at a snail’s pace right now.  As we depend on phone connections to keep us in touch.

Yes!  My passport arrived this week.  This has been my first chance to get online to let anyone know!

Full House!  We win!!!

And more updates.  Hunny has handed in his resignation at work, and will be flying over the pond at the start of October.  His employers were quite stunned, but very supportive, and have even made it clear that if things do not work out for us, that he should contact them first before looking for work elsewhere in Canada.  Amazing Grace indeed!   They have written him a fantastic reference letter so we’re hoping it helps in securing employment on English soil. 🙂

The beautiful view from the temporary home we've been bkessed with... by friends. <3

The beautiful view from the temporary home we’ve been bkessed with… by friends. ❤

Isn’t this spectacular?!?!  Though nothing compared to the lovely views to be found over the pond, it is soothing and peaceful… something we sorely need in this time of adjustment.

Updates:

  • Big Girl and Big Boy are happily settled in their respective college towns.  School is going great and both are making friends and building community.  We’re hoping to see both for Christmas over the pond… but if not Christmas, Easter.
  • Dog has started her DEFRA Pet Protocol with her microchip installled.  Next week she has her appointment to get her vaccinations.
  • Hunny’s overseas job search has started in earnest online, and his travel arrangements have to be made this week.  As of right now, his living arrangements haven’t been finalized, but he hopes to have that sorted by the end of the week.
  • All the stuff we put in storage is started to be sorted… Slowly.
  • And lastly, our Canadian passports are being applied for tomorrow morning, so they should only take a couple of weeks at most.  Canada is less twitchy about such things. 😉  (It took 3 and a half months for our UK passports to get sorted, and we still don’t have my documents back yet, just the passport.)

I will miss Canada so much, but I look forward to the adventure that lies ahead.

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Paperwork again

Okay, there seems to be a confusion between the different governments.  HMPO is now saying that my long form birth certificate (which they requested, I might add) is not what they want.  They want some document that was issued within a year of my birth.  I don’t think they completely understand that a BIRTH CERTIFICATE issued at ANY time is a proof of an archived document that is the formal proof of my birth.  SO, early Monday morning, I need to get myself down to the core of down town Montreal to apply for a “copy of an act” which is pretty much the same as my birth certificate except… well, I guess we’ll find out.  From what I can see online, the same info is on both.

The lovely lady that called (and can I say, government workers in Canada could take lessons from the manners and politeness of the UK government workers… REALLY!) said that she would consider it.  But unless The Doctor pops by with his TARDIS, how am I going to go back in time to tell my parents to get a proper copy of the act and save it for me till now (43 years later)??  Not sure what else I can do.  Hope this works!

Plan B is being examined.  Just in case.

I know I am eligible for the British passport… there is no question.  I meet the requirements completely, as clean cut a case as can be imagined… we’re not entirely sure why the new document is being requested other than the crack downs on immigration in the UK and maybe they have a quota of “problems” to find.  No idea.  But it is additional expense and waiting time.  And with the move looming in two weeks, it’s starting to get a little stressful to be dealing with this after waiting almost three months with no word from them.  But we’ll just through their hoops if it makes them feel better. 🙂

My Hunny’s passport application is being stalled though he was born on British soil to British parents because they want a statement from him that states WHY he’s applying from Canada.  (Um, because that’s where he lives now??) So we have to do that too… so it really does make me think that they have to look like they are being picky to satisfy those in the country that would say they are too lax in their work.  I’m hoping it means only a short delay.  S’all good though.. we’re still on schedule, we still have a few months, and our leaving date is flexible anyhow.

But just in case, we’ve decided to put our main furniture into storage rather than get rid of it like originally planned, just in case… just in case… no sense in off-loading in haste, repenting at leisure. LOL!

So, it’s the paperwork waiting game.  And she called us while we were on the road so we were unable to get it done on Friday, and there is nothing at all either of us can do until Monday morning, so we’ll just hang out this weekend and try to make sense of boxes.  (I hate boxes.  Boxes are evil.)

Have a GLORIOUS weekend everyone!  It’s one of the last this summer… make the most of it – SNOW is on it’s way soon! 😉

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